When Scott Gunst ‘12 first arrived at RWU Law, he was like many of our marine affairs students: he had a unique maritime background and a drive to take advantage of all that RWU Law offers in marine affairs. From a family of mariners, and with 10 years of his own professional maritime experience, Scott used his time here to sample from our rich maritime curriculum. He also took advantage of the unique opportunity to be a Rhode Island Sea Grant Law Fellow, where he researched legal issues associated with hydroelectric power in Rhode Island, and the issues faced by Maine fishermen who want to supplement their income by taking passengers aboard their vessels.
“It was great experience, he says now. “You have real clients, and – while you can’t give legal advice – you present the legal issues involved, and you manage your client’s expectations. That’s a big part of what I do now in practice.”
Scott is now practicing with the maritime firm of Reeve McEwing LLP in Philadelphia where he knits together his maritime and legal expertise to serve clients. He continues to make his mark, publishing an article on jurisdiction in the Delaware River and Bay for “The Beacon,” a mid-Atlantic maritime newspaper, and attending workshops in Maine for fishermen, building on the research he did as a RWU Law student https://umaine.edu/news/blog/2013/12/02/fisheries-aquaculture-and-tourism-workshops-slated-in-december/.
Scott’s experience demonstrates the great outcomes our alums have by leveraging their law school courses with hands-on learning and their passions to find the job of their dreams. “Maritime Law is one of the few areas of law recognized in the U.S. Constitution,” he says. “It’s a unique specialty, and a tight community – I always knew it would be a great fit.”
For a full profile of Scott, see the new issue of RWU Law Magazine.